Internationally acclaimed rock band Panic! at the Disco will perform with LOLO at Purdue University’s Elliott Hall of Music, Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.
After a decade-plus of decadence you can dance to, Panic! at the Disco (official site) has taken the next step as an award-winning, internationally acclaimed rock band. Spanning influences as diverse as Frank Sinatra to Queen, the band’s newly released fifth album — “Death of a Bachelor” — pays homage to front man Brendon Urie’s youth, in which he jumped between instruments to “satisfy the ideas I heard in my head” and “allowed music to consume me.”
“Playing everything myself just to get the idea right and out of my head,” Urie says. “It’s a beginning to a new era. And an homage to how it all began. This album is me. Running to the piano. Building a drum kit. Strumming a guitar. Some things never change.”
Released to tremendous enthusiasm, “Death of a Bachelor’s” first single, “Hallelujah,” accumulated 13 million Spotify streams and 7 million YouTube plays. Its follow-up single, “Victorious,” debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Top Songs, iTunes Alternative Songs, and Billboard + Twitter’s Trending 140 charts just hours after its release.
Released on Fueled By Ramen and DCD2 Records, “Death of a Bachelor” follows up 2013’s “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!,” which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. That album’s lead single, “Miss Jackson (Feat. Lolo)” was certified Gold by the RIAA, charted in the top 10 on Billboard’s Alternative and Modern Rock charts, and has amassed over 22 million YouTube views to date. The follow-up, “This is Gospel,” has over 34 million YouTube views.
Panic! at the Disco’s prior albums include 2005’s double-platinum “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out;” 2008’s “Pretty. Odd.,” which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Album chart; and 2011’s “Vices & Virtues,” which debuted at No. 7 and earned the band critical praise. The band has been nominated for many awards, including a Grammy® award, 2 Teen Choice awards, 2 Kerrang! awards, and 7 MTV Video Music Awards. In 2006, Panic! at the Disco won the highly coveted MTV Award for Video of the Year for the video of its smash hit, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.”
Lauren Pritchard, also known on the concert stage as LOLO, has been a singer-songwriter since before age 10. Hailing from Jackson, TN, Pritchard began playing piano at age 9 and was cast as Ilse in the original Broadway production of Spring Awakening right after high school. She then went on to write the original honky-tonk score for Broadway’s Songbird – based closely on Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Pritchard’s latest EP released as LOLO’s Comeback Queen, features “I Don’t Wanna Have to Lie” and “Not Gonna Let You Walk Away.” Available on Panic! at the Disco’s label, DCD2.
LOLO opens for Panic! at the Disco at 7:30PM, Thursday, April 14 in Elliott Hall of Music.
My whole life, I was always dancing, I was always singing, I was always writing, I was always performing, I was always — I stage managed at the theater. I was interested in it all, and I never knew any limitation. It’s weird when you get into the industry, and they’re like “Well, no you can only do one thing,” and I’m like “Well that sucks, I want to do all of it!”
-Lauren Pritchard (LOLO), The New York Times
General Public: $49, $39
Students: $35 (Limit 6 tickets per person)
Students may place group orders, for groups of 10 or more, by calling (765) 494-3933 by Monday, February 1 at 5 p.m. Orders will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis until tickets are unavailable.
Tickets go on sale to Purdue and Ivy Tech Lafayette students and Purdue faculty, staff and retirees with a current identification card at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 4 at the Stewart Center box office or at (765) 494-3933. Purdue students will receive an email on how to buy tickets online.
Tickets for the general public go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, February 5 through convocations.org/tickets or by phone at (765) 494-3933.